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10.10.2006

Canyon del Colca


High on the list of the most amazing things I´ve done on this trip and in life in general: Canyon del Colca. Debatable whether or not it´s the deepest canyon in the world because the so-called deepest canyon, nearby Cotahuasi, apparently doesn´t fit the qualifications of a canyon. So while it´s being debated, we´ll say I hiked the deepest canyon in the world.

My trek was a three-day excursion that began with a long bus ride (ugh) out of Arequipa to Cabanaconde. After a typical Peruvian lunch, we trekked down the 3,269 m (10,725 ft) to the town of San Juan de Chuccho at the bottom of the canyon.


"The team" (all very cool kids) and I stayed in some amazing cabañas then took a leisurely hike the following day to another site at the bottom of the canyon. Here´s the team enjoying a little breakfast before heading out.


The other site happened to be an oasis paradise (I swear, just check the sign).


So we chilled out at the oasis and swam in the hot springs for a day.

This was a nice way to prepare for our last day: the ascent out of the canyon. To avoid the heat (yes, even though it´s probably freezing in Seattle by now, it was crazy hot in the canyon), we woke up at 2:30 a.m. and headed up at 3:00 in the dark. We hiked in complete darkness except for the three flashlights we had for all seven of us. It gave me chills when we stopped to rest and I shined my light into the canyon, only to have it disappear in the darkness of the abyss below. After three hours we neared the top just as the sun was beginning to light the canyon. What an incredible sight.

I felt like I had accomplished an incredible feat (to be fair, I kinda did). I can´t describe the feeling, but it´s one I hope everyone gets to experience at least once.

Here are the rest of the pics of the canyon for your viewing pleasure. Don´t mind the string of pics of desert plants - I´m just dorky and wanted to compare them to the ones back in the AZ desert.


5 Comments:

Blogger JMC said...

fucking awesome

8:11 PM

 
Blogger KIM said...

Wow! Sounds like a amazing trip.
It also sounds like a physically exhausting trip. Nice pictures also, especially the hot springs and oasis. Can't wait till I hear
of the next amazing place.
Be careful, don't go falling down any cliffs in the dark.
Love, Mom

8:26 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You rock! Glad you're having so much fun. We miss you here in Seattle, where yes, now that you mention it, it is mighty chilly. :)

-Josie

9:41 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I can say over & over is, "WOW!" & “COOL!” Now there are some intelligent responses for you. And by the way of intelligence, you are a great writer/narrator... I love your posts!

Wish I had done what you are doing... so exciting yet a tiny bit scary all rolled into pure exhilaration! The stories you'll be able to tell!

Keep 'em coming...
Cousin Jenny

8:00 PM

 
Blogger KIM said...

You've gotten some incredible pictures. The hike sounded like an experience you'll never forget. I'm sure your whole trip is like that though. Well, I'm glad your got over what ever it was that was making you sick and hope the rest of your adventures go off without a hitch.
love your little bro,
daniel

8:54 AM

 

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